CHIA and MHA Announce Report from Statewide Workgroup on Social Risk Factors and Readmissions

DATE : February 25, 2020

CHIA and the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) are excited to announce the release of a report from the statewide Social Risk Factors and Readmissions Workgroup, which details the proposed solution for accounting for social risk factors in the public reporting of all-payer, unplanned hospital readmissions.


CHIA regularly reports on unplanned hospital readmissions and revisits from acute care hospitals in the Commonwealth. Recent national research, however, provides evidence that social risk factors should be accounted for in the measurement of hospital performance.


In 2018 and 2019, CHIA convened a multi-stakeholder workgroup to consider whether CHIA should account for social risk factors in its analysis of readmissions, and if so, to provide recommendations for doing so given the available data sources and methods.


CHIA has adopted a conceptual framework for social risk factors and expanded its existing risk-adjustment model to incorporate patient- and community-level social risk factors. This enhanced methodology will be used in CHIA's December 2020 annual readmissions report.